The Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applicants to serve as OFR mentor sites for approximately five peer communities to visit and observe.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is releasing the Overdose Fatality Review Mentor Site Selection application.
The OFR Mentor Program creates opportunities for those interested in OFR to learn from experienced peers through direct communication and an in-person visit to see firsthand how it works in practice.
Selected OFR mentor sites will serve as hosts for communities interested in planning and implementing an OFR. The selected sites will be expected to be available for in-person visits lasting 1–2 days from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. BJA anticipates that each mentor site will be asked to host approximately five peer communities (typically teams of two persons). Visits will include opportunities for observation and peer-to-peer exchanges between the host and visitor communities.
The selected mentor sites should be prepared to work with BJA’s training and technical assistance provider to schedule visits, create site visit agendas, provide opportunities to observe an OFR in action, and allow peer communities to engage with all program personnel.
Mentor sites are recognized by BJA as exemplary models of overdose fatality reviews. As part of the mentor program, the sites will be provided with training and technical assistance. A small stipend of $3,000/site will be provided to cover some costs associated with hosting visitors, such as the cost of photocopying and transportation. BJA anticipates selecting four (4) mentor sites in 2020 that are geographically diverse and span a variety of operational models.
How to Apply
Interested members of overdose fatality review initiatives must submit by emailing a copy of the completed application form, along with any required documents or attachments, to COSSAP@iir.com.
Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m., ET, on April 30, 2020. For more details, you may access the full application at Overdose Fatality Review Mentor Site Selection.
Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to COSSAP@iir.com.
A webinar about the Overdose Fatality Review Mentor Site Selection application process will be held on April 7, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., ET. The applicant webinar will also review mentor site implementation expectations. A recording of the webinar will be made available here soon after the webinar.
Please register for the webinar at http://s.iir.com/OFRMentorSiteSelection and submit questions in advance of the webinar to COSSAP@iir.com no later than April 6, 2020. Emails containing questions should include the name and agency of the submitter, email address, and questions(s). The applicant webinar will provide an overview of the OFR Mentor Site application process and review mentor site implementation expectations.